Quarterback Jeff Lockie's fourth touchdown pass of the night, a 29-yard hookup with Dalis Bruce with 1:38 left in the game, broke a tie and gave the host Monte Vista High football team a 38-31 victory over rival San Ramon Valley in front of a huge crowd Friday night.
"This was a big win," said Lockie, who finished the night 22 for 32 passing for 280 yards, including three touchdown passes to favorite receiver Bryce McGovern. "Games between Monte Vista and San Ramon Valley are always good ones. They're always a dogfight to the end."
Both teams figure to to be part of the upcoming North Coast Section 4A playoffs.
The Mustangs (7-3 overall, 5-2 EBAL) led 24-17 at halftime and went up 31-17 in the third quarter on a 31-yard strike to McGovern with 8:58 left in the third quarter. The unstoppable 5-foot-10, 195-pound senior receiver finished the night with 11 catches for 207 yards. He also ran for a score.
However, the Wolves (5-5, 2-5) fought back. San Ramon Valley answered Monte Vista's last touchdown with a six-play, 64-yard scoring drive. Quarterback Zach Kline (12 for 24, 165 yards) had a 26-yard completion to Trent Peterson, and Jordan Weiss added a 31-yard run to set up a 7-yard Kline-to-Peterson touchdown with 6:17 left in the quarter. A Mustangs fumble on the ensuing kickoff gave the Wolves the ball again and they marched 40 yards on five plays, the TD coming on a 4-yard pass to Michael Tagliaferri to tie the game at 31 with 5:06 to go in the third quarter.
On the winning touchdown, Lockie was under pressure and flipped a safety valve pass to the left to Bruce. Bruce made a nice move and darted down the left sideline. He broke a couple tackles at the 15 and then ran the rest of the way for the touchdown and the 38-31 lead.
The Wolves made one last run at the tie, driving from their own 29 to the Monte Vista 12 before turning the ball over on downs.